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Facebook working on “deep learning” artificial intelligence to improve news feed

Facebook working on “deep learning” artificial intelligence to improve news feed

Facebook is aiming to get inside its users' minds, figuratively speaking, to find out what they mean when posting statuses. Such is coming by way of an artificial intelligence being created by the social network that MIT reports as functioning with simulated networks of brain cells, all of them crunching away at data to perform "deep learning," helping it to ascertain the emotions and subtleties behind a status.

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Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Facebook and Yahoo have petitioned the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for permission to reveal how many personal data requests are made by the government, joining Google and Microsoft in taking a stand against secret snooping. The new suits, which join an amended Google transparency petition the search engine filed today, see Facebook and Yahoo voice concerns that they are unable to give any greater detail on what user information is disclosed in the name of national security than the raw overall numbers.

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Facebook releases new search tools for news organizations

Facebook releases new search tools for news organizations

Facebook is set to launch a couple of new search tools aimed at helping these organizations to figure out what Facebook users are talking about. The search tools will undoubtedly be used by marketers as well looking for topics they can target to sell products and services. The tools are focused on helping people gain insight into conversations going on in real time centered on things such as television shows, news topics, and sporting events.

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Facebook’s facial recognition policy changes draw attention from German data commissioner

Facebook’s facial recognition policy changes draw attention from German data commissioner

Facebook kicked off a new series of proposed policy changes on August 29, and among them has been the addition of facial recognition in its data protection policy for its European users. Such has drawn the attention of the Hamburg data protection commissioner, which had dropped legal proceedings against the social network late last year after it deactivated facial recognition in the EU and promised to delete its templates.

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Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook is trialling a new "Trending" topics section pulling together current hot topics on the social network, in a move that is unlikely to do anything to dismiss accusations that the site is copying Twitter. The new section shows around five currently topical subjects in the upper right corner of the Facebook news feed, though is "only available to a small percentage of US users" at present, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed.

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